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 High treason trial of Yanukovych: former president revoked lawyers, hearing postponed until July 12. Live updates

On July 6, at 10 a.m., Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv held its third hearing in the case of high treason by former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, who is charged with high treason, assistance in waging aggressive war, assistance in violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity and immunity that lead to human casualties or other grave consequences. The day before, Yanukovych announced he would revoke his attorneys.

Censor.NET reported live from the process.

11:20 The trial is postponed until July 12, 10 a.m.

11:16 Judges return from the jury room. Judge Deviatko reads out the court's ruling to accept Yanukovych's refusal of lawyers and appoint him a free one from the state.

10:30 Prosecutor Kravchenko makes a press statement. He says the state will possibly appoint a professional lawyer for Yanukovych. It will take some time for him/her to study the materials of the case, which are in 19 tomes.

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10:25 Prosecutor Krym asks the court to appoint a free attorney to Yanukovych. Judges leave for the jury room to discuss the issue. Judge Deviatko says the next hearing will be held at 10 a.m. July 12.

10:14 Prosecutor Krym asks to show a video statement by Yanukovych dated July 5 in which he speaks of the coup and revokes his lawyers.

10:04 Judges Kostiantyn Vasalatii, Vladyslav Deviatko, and Maksym Tytov entered the court room.

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10:02 Prosecutors Maksym Krym and Ruslan Kravchenko entered the court room.

10:00 Media entered the court room.

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Aides to the lawyers of Yanukovych are present in the court.

09:58 Serdiuk said the defense will not participate in current trial of Yanukovych.

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09:46 Serduik said the judges in the trial "have been colossally pressurized on."

"The statement reads about purposeful organized activities aimed at power grab. These activities led to the events in Crimea and the Donbas," Serdiuk said. He added that Yanukovych puts blame on current officials, including Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko, NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, and others.

09:40 Serdiuk says on June 20, the defense submitted a statement to Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) by Yanukovych about the coup d'etat.

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09:35 Yanukovych's lawyers Vitalii Serdiuk and Ihor Fedorenko told the press that they have registered their client's refusal to participate in the trial.


 
 
 
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